CONCORD – NHTI – Concord’s Community College has received grants from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust ($1,500) and the Junior Service League of Concord ($1,000) to expand and relocate the NHTI Lynx Cupboard. The on-campus food pantry will move to a larger, more centrally located space in the Student Center that will allow the college to more conveniently serve more students.
“NHTI wants to provide a learning environment where all students can thrive and be at their academic best,” said Laura Scott, director of alumni and development at NHTI. “This cannot happen if they are hungry or worried about where their next meal is coming from or how they are going to pay for groceries. Developing the workforce of tomorrow happens inside and outside of the classroom, and this project hopes to address this core aspect impacting student success.”
The proposed relocation and expansion of the NHTI Lynx Cupboard will support more storage and shelf space and a refrigerator and freezer, which will enable NHTI to offer more complete and nutritious meals. At NHTI, 33 percent of students receive an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students and 66 percent receive federal student aid. Yet, even with this financial support, many students still struggle, which is why in 2019 NHTI started the on-campus food pantry from a converted supply closet to help address food insecurity among its student population.
The funding from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust prioritized nonprofit organizations during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, and the funding from the Junior Service League of Concord prioritized supporting women and children in crisis. Both sources of funding will enable the NHTI Lynx Pantry to remain available to students to use as they need so that they can be successful at school, in the workforce, and in their personal lives.
To learn more about NHTI’s Lynx Cupboard, contact Laura Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-271-6484 x4239.
NHTI is a dynamic public institution of higher learning that provides accessible, rigorous education for students, businesses, and the community. We create pathways for lifelong learning, career advancement, and civic engagement, offering 90+ academic programs to 4,600+ students annually. NHTI is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire and since 1969 has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, a nongovernmental, nationally recognized accrediting agency.